School apologizes to sister, brother in prom dispute
The video that went viral showed Liberal High School junior Courtney Widener arriving at the prom with her 22-year-old brother, Senior Airman Casey Widener. He stopped and stood at attention at the foot of the red carpet while Courtney and another girl continued unescorted across the promenade. As she went inside, Casey crisply saluted her before turning and leaving amid applause from onlookers.
At Courtney's request, school officials met with her and her family Monday afternoon during a meeting in which Principal Keith Adams apologized to her brother.
Courtney said that it was important to her to have her brother escort her at the prom. She had only seen him once since he arrived back from his deployment in Afghanistan last September. She said that even though her brother was unable to do so, what he did on the red carpet that night honored her. She said she still had a great night at her prom, and was touched when she saw the video of him saluting her.
"I feel proud of what I did, and I feel proud for standing up for myself and for what I thought was right," Courney said.
"I am sorry that Casey Widener was offended or dishonored in any way," Adams said. "That was not our intent."
Critical thinking challenge: How did brother and sister make the best of a bad situation?
- Posted on May 1, 2013